The rain kept on falling through the day, and competitors kept on spilling oil and fuel onto the track as well! In particular, a severe fuel leak contaminated the circuit meaning that a 2-hour clean-up operation was required. These delays meant that we once again had our two planned 5-lap races combined into a single 8-lap race.
Starting from our sixth place grid position, we got a great start to take fourth position into the first corner. We were circulating in around fifth position when an oil spill caused a lot of falls (which almost included us twice - at 9:00 and 11:30 in the video below). The race was red-flagged and stopped on lap 5 of 8 when we had moved up to 2nd position.
When the race began we got a good start and kept our 2nd position into the first corner and through the first half of the first lap - when we moved up a position to take the lead! After leading for almost a lap, we were demoted to second place and then back to third place a few laps later - which we managed to keep to the line to take our first DRY podium at BEMSEE!
Throughout the first half of the race we were part of a close battle for 2nd position, but on lap 4 of 6 (at 8:08 in the video below) Jack Willis' SV650 blew up in front of us and covered us in oil and engine bits! When this happened we backed off and it cost us three seconds and a race position. When Jack pulled off the track, we went easy for a few corners to check our tyres were clean and then rode hard to get back up to 6th position at the flag.
The BEMSEE Thunderbike championship is now over, but we still have one event left in our 2016 season - the "Stars at Darley" event at Darley Moor on Sunday 9th October. We have already won our championships at Darley Moor but will still be in attendance - so if you visit please come by and say "Hi!" :-)